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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Breakthroughs for Job Seekers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

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"No other site on employment is anywhere near as encouraging."

Trying to find a job is hard enough. Trying to do it when you're blind or visually impaired can be especially daunting: more than 60 percent of these individuals are unemployed (Source: Cornell Disability Status Report, 2012) and more than three-fourths of individuals who are blind or visually impaired are not in the labor force (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014).

Barriers to landing a job include a lack of training, limited access to role models, and low employer awareness of the contributions people with vision loss can make to the workforce.

CareerConnect®, AFB's free online resource for job seekers and the professionals and family members who support them, aims to change this scenario through information, resources, and connections.

Providing Tools

People with vision loss are more likely to find employment with the encouragement of mentors. CareerConnect facilitates these vital connections — linking them to individuals who can help them find opportunities, complete applications, even travel to and from an interview.

Its breakthrough Job Seeker's Toolkit delivers even more support. A full set of free online courses provides self-paced learning on crafting a resume, preparing for an interview, and finding the ideal career path.

CareerConnect reaches out to the other side of the interview desk as well, raising awareness about the potential employees with vision loss offer, plus guidance on how to make accommodations in the workplace.

82% of respondents said that the Job Seeker's Toolkit provides information that can't be found elsewhere. Graphic depicts a briefcase that is 82% dark-blue, with a green wrench next to it.

82% of respondents said that the Job Seeker's Toolkit provides information that can't be found elsewhere.
Source: 2012 AFB Survey targeted at professionals in the field of vision loss

Building Confidence

CareerConnect's impact goes beyond the website's more than 1,000 page views per day. More than 500 people each year have connected with a mentor through the site. (Source: AFB web metrics, 2014)

Among those who have completed the courses in the Job Seeker's Toolkit, 56 percent have taken the next step: applying for a job. And more than 30 percent have participated in interviews. (Source: 2012 AFB survey of Toolkit learners)

100% of professionals believe the Job Seeker's Toolkit will be useful to them with students and clients. Graphic depicts a briefcase that is 100% dark blue, a man wearing a tie and holding a dog guide's harness, and a woman carrying a briefcase and a cane.

100% of professionals believe the Job Seeker's Toolkit will be useful to them with students and clients.
Source: 2012 AFB Survey targeted at professionals in the field of vision loss

  • "I thought this was an excellent tool in convincing potential employers that we can do the job with our technology."
  • "I think your site is a great example of giving employers exactly what they need soup to nuts and is what I've always found lacking elsewhere!"

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